Throughout the month of May, I am committed to being active to raise awareness and funds for MPN research.
Rare diseases matter
You may not know this, but kids get MPNs too. They're not just diseases of older adults anymore. As a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, I get to care for our youngest MPN patients. These children are working to "just be kids" while living with a rare disease, and their parents are working tirelessly to advocate for them. The MPN community is truly special, and I can honestly say that the children and teens I meet in my work, and their families, are some of the strongest, most inspiring people I know.
Therefore, I am committed to being active every single day during the month of May, because being active for my own health means I can stay active as I work to improve the health of my young MPN patients. That may mean getting 10,000 steps as I walk to work in NYC, or it could be hopping on the Peloton bike for a ride or a workout with the app. But no matter what, every day in May is a day for movement, breath, and gratitude that I get to work with, and for, so many amazing people.